Carla Suarez Navarro secured her first win after recovering from most cancers as she defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur within the first spherical of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
The Spaniard, a former world quantity six, returned to motion on the French Open final month having been identified with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2020.
She misplaced within the first spherical at each Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the place she was overwhelmed in three units by eventual champion Ashleigh Barty.
But Suarez Navarro, taking part in at her fourth Olympics, received for the primary time since February of final yr, beating Wimbledon quarter-finalist Jabeur 6-4, 6-1.
“I am really happy. For me, it was tough all these months. I was so happy on the court and I really enjoyed this week,” mentioned Suarez Navarro, who underwent eight periods of chemotherapy as a part of her restoration.
“This is a really special event for me, for us, for everyone. I am really happy for my first win after the comeback.”
Suarez Navarro plans to retire following the US Open in New York, however is hoping to spherical off her farewell tour with a flourish. She will play Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova within the second spherical in Japan.
“It was difficult, but I was practising a lot. I was trying to win at Roland Garros and Wimbledon but (it) was not possible,” mentioned Suarez Navarro.
“But here I am feeling really good, and I played a really good match today, and I am looking forward to the next one.”